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3rd Ave Arterial Paving Project

Updated January 25, 2017

Project Overview

Existing Conditions

3rd Avenue is a primary arterial, connecting downtown to Queen Anne and North Seattle. 3rd Avenue the Belltown serves more than 3,600 vehicles per day, approximately 45% of which are buses, making this one of the most heavily used transit corridors in the region. Today, 3rd Avenue is marked by potholes, cracks in the pavement and seams in the roadway.


Improving safety, accessibility and comfort

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will make road and sidewalk improvements along 3rd Avenue between Virginia St and Broad St. The project will include:

  • Rebuilding sections of 3rd Avenue with concrete for improved durability and longevity
  • Install curb bulbs at Clay, Blanchard and Lenora streets to shorten crossing distances and improve pedestrian safety and visibility
  • Replace substandard curb ramps to meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements
  • Replace drainage inlets, where needed, to improve stormwater management.

Current Schedule

Construction is expected to begin sometime this spring and should take about ten months to complete. 

Public Outreach

SDOT is committed to engaging with the community and understanding the needs in the project area. Nearby businesses and residences will receive updated information as the plans for construction evolve.

Project Funding

The estimated cost of this project is $9.3 million, funding from the Move Seattle Levy.

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Questions or Comments?

Paul Elliott
Project Communications Lead
(206) 684-5321

Brian Glas
Project Manager

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